Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research
1997 Edition

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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SOCIO-CULTURAL DIMENSIONS AND INTEREST IN STARTING A BUSINESS: A MULTI-COUNTRY STUDY
Thomas M. Begley, Northeastern University
Tan Wee-Liang, Nanyang Technological University
Asti Budi Larasati, Prasetiya Mulya Graduate School of Management
Abdul Rab, University of Dhaka
Elvira Zamora, University of the Philippines
Gunapala Nanayakkara, University of Jayewardenepura

INTRODUCTION
    Existing Literature on the Area
METHODOLOGY
    Sample
    TABLE 1
    Measures
    TABLE 2
RESULTS
TABLE 3
TABLE 4
DISCUSSION
REFERENCES
APPENDIX

ABSTRACT

This paper examines whether socio-cultural dimensions in different countries affect the likelihood that individuals in those countries will be interested in starting a business.  Four socio-cultural dimensions were examined : the social status of entrepreneurship, the degree to which innovation is valued, the extent to which business failure brings shame to the owner, and the importance of work.  In a seven-country sample of 861 MBA students, results indicated that the social status of entrepreneurship is a consistently good predictor of interest in starting a business.

 
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